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Candidate for the position of BAME in the City - Vice-President - Finance

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Ernest Tan

Making the underrepresented stand out!

My name is Ernest Tan, and I am a second-year Biochemistry student at King’s College London.

I first joined BAME ITC in June of 2021 as an Events Officer, and it is within this community that I’ve made many great connections with students and professionals alike.  I currently hold a Summer Internship offer at Lazard and have spent much of my 2nd Year working with various organisations within various roles such as market commentary and equity research.

It would be a lie to say internship applications weren’t stressful, and without the help of so many I would have never been successful, I’ve realised the need for collaboration. I reached out to alumni from KCL who worked at firms that I applied to and learnt a great deal from them, as well as my colleagues who were also applying. However, I didn’t realise the disparity in knowledge regarding internship applications at KCL and other ‘target universities’ until I noticed the lack of KCL students at Assessment Centres. I would regularly meet people from the targets but to this date, I have only met one other KCL student at an assessment centre, and it was a fellow committee member at BAME ITC. This spoke volumes to me.

It's with this knowledge that I have gained within the past 2-3 months that I have begun to have the passion to pass on what I know and to give back what was provided to me back to my community. I want to provide students at our university the same resources and knowledge that our competitors provide, and to make KCL stand out on the map. I believe that I will have this opportunity and ability if I become a Finance Co-VP.  With a number of different members from the society, and with the support of stakeholders from other KCL organisations, I had recently helped to host a large networking event that was a large success, learning immensely from that project. I have learnt the ability to plan and to organise a successful event, learnt from the mistakes of not planning ahead and having a clear ‘game-plan’. I have gained from this the template what I will need to plan future events, which will facilitate my personal vision of hosting regular events and workshops.

I have a vision of aggressively pushing to students the presence of Spring Weeks and Summer Internships as soon as term starts, which will be achieved through both advertisements and collaboration with the teaching body and other student organisations within King’s. I want to start the foundation of a ‘BAME’ alumni network where we will have a pool of speakers and mentors readily available to help and assist students that are new. Instead of a ‘Finance Week’, I will plan over the Summer Finance related events that will take place regularly throughout the Semester. We will move forward with the support organisations like SEO London as I intend to become an ambassador. I aim to engage with our members through more frequent polls and also via the WhatsApp group chat, where resources and updates will be shared from our part, such as application dates/deadlines, interview questions and revision resources.

I aim to put KCL on the map, and to especially support those of a background who are underrepresented within the financial giants of the world. As a Biochemistry student and one of BAME background, I was severely underexposed to opportunities as a 1st Year, and I want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to break into Finance!

Thank you for taking the time to read my manifesto.